The Book of Common Prayer, 1559: The Elizabethan Prayer Book

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John E. Booty
University of Virginia Press, 1976 - Religion - 427 pages
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John E. Booty’s edition of The Book of Common Prayer, 1559, first published by the University Press of Virginia for the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1976 and long out of print, is now being reissued in the same handsome format as the original edition. In her foreword to the 2005 reissue, Judith Maltby writes, "It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of the 1559 Prayer Book.... Shakespeare was clearly shaped by a culture in which the vernacular was remarkably vigorous."

Booty’s text derives from a rare copy of the Elizabethan Prayer Book printed by Richard Jugge and John Cawode in 1559, now part of the Josiah Benton Collection of the Boston Public Library. Booty modernized spelling and punctuation, but took care not to distort the style and cadence of the Elizabethan text. To place the Prayer Book in its original cultural setting, he wrote a lengthy critical essay that traces the book’s history and use during the sixteenth century. Helpful bibliographical notes enable readers to appreciate all the nuances of particular services and their contents. Particularly useful are the general index and the index of biblical passages, features unavailable in other editions of the Prayer Book.

Through this magnificent document one begins to understand not only the Anglican church but also the Elizabethan culture in which Shakespeare lived, for this was one of the books that helped shape Renaissance England in all of its vitality and greatness. As Booty reminds the reader in his preface, each Sunday "in the parish churches and in the cathedrals the nation was at prayer, the commonwealth was being realized, and God, in whose hands the destinies of all were lodged, was worshiped in spirit and in truth."

Published in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library

  

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Book of Common Prayer, 1559

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Good quality book on basic production. However, for my wishes left a great deal to be desired--spelling was modernized (lost all flavor of the original)--psalter not included as modern editions do include. Read full review

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An excellent publication showing the form for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Holy Communion, as well as other offices, during the time of Elizabeth I. Fortunately, this also has clear type and ... Read full review

Contents

The Table for the Order of the Psalms to Be Said at Morn ing and Evening Prayer
5
The Order How the Rest of Holy Scripture Is Appointed to Be Read
6
Proper Psalms and Lessons at Morning and Evening Pray er for Sundays and Certain Feasts and Days
7
An Almanac
8
The Table and Calendar for Psalms and Lessons with Nec essary Rules Appertaining to the Same
9
The Order for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer throughout the Year
10
The Litany
11
The Collects Epistles and Gospels to Be Used at the Minis tration of the Holy Communion throughout the Year
12
Matrimony
16
Visitation of the Sick
17
The Communion of the Sick
18
Burial
19
The Thanksgiving of Women after Childbirth
314
A Commination against Sinners with Certain Prayers to Be Used Divers Times in the Year
316
History of the 1559 Book of Common Prayer
327
Notes
385

The Order of the Ministration of the Holy Communion
13
Baptism Both Public and Private
14
Confirmation Where Also Is a Catechism for Children
15

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About the author (1976)

John E. Booty is Professor Emeritus of Church History at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Judith Maltby is Chaplain and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

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